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What is it actually like to get a degree in art history?

I've heard a lot of things about majoring in art history. Some say that people go on to fulfilling careers but some say that, because the job market is so competitive, most people are forced to work in jobs that have nothing to do with art history. Or go without a job altogether... What is the job market like for this field? What are some jobs that art history majors go into? Is there any hope for someone who loves art history and wants to spend their career working with it? #art #historian #curator #conservator

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Sarah’s Answer

Great question!


Art History is about seeing patterns in an artists work. It is about being able to write critically about what you are seeing. As an art history major, I use that critical thinking and writing skill I learned in school every day - in human resources.


Other Art Historians I have known become gallery owners or work in auction houses - they use their knowledge and sell art.


A few become Art History professors - that requires more school (PHd) and I am uncertain how many professor jobs are available.


Good luck!

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Sari’s Answer

By studying art history, you learn how to look deeper at historical events, texts and objects -- skills that translate into other various fields.

There are jobs in museums, galleries, private and corporate collections and academia. Nyfa.org is a great resource and provides a sampling of opportunities.
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